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Stirring, Engrossing 'Woman's Hour' Recounts The Battle For Suffrage

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 04:00

Elaine Weiss's new book reminds us how near a thing women's suffrage was — it all rode on one yes vote in the Tennessee legislature, cast by a man who changed his mind after pressure from his mother.

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The 'Wrinkle In Time' Movie Began As A Fifth-Grader's Dream

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 01:50

For over a half century, one film producer has tried to adapt Madeleine L'Engle's sci-fi classic into a movie. Enter Walt Disney Pictures, director Ava DuVernay and a budget exceeding $100 million.

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San Francisco To Remove 19th Century Statue Critics Say Degrades Native Americans

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 19:37

The idea of removing the statute had been debated for decades. It will be replaced by a plaque explaining the rationale for its removal from a site near City Hall.

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'Red Sparrow' Author And Ex-CIA Agent Says New Movie Gets Spy Life Right

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:18

Jason Matthews wrote the novel behind a new motion picture where a Russian spy (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is trained in the dual arts of seduction and espionage.

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'It Just Felt Very Wrong:' Sherman Alexie's Accusers Go On The Record

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:44

Author Sherman Alexie issued a statement in his own defense last week after allegations of sexual harassment began to circulate online. Now, several of the women accusing him are speaking to NPR.

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How 'Icarus' Accidentally Exposed A Major 'Ocean's Eleven-Style' Doping Scheme

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:42

Bryan Fogel set out to make a film about taking performance-enhancing drugs. He stumbled upon a much bigger scandal of Russian state-sponsored doping — and won the Oscar for best documentary feature.

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What's An Inclusion Rider? Here's The Story Behind Frances McDormand's Closing Words

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:12

"I have two words to leave with you tonight," the actress told the audience after winning her Oscar: "inclusion rider." But she didn't define those words on stage — so, here's a helpful primer.

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Mexican-American Author Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy And Trump

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:31

Luis Alberto Urrea's The House of Broken Angels borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. He says the book went through a dramatic rewrite after Trump became president.

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On The Oscars Red Carpet, The Clothes Tell The Stories

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 17:50

The showrunners behind this year's event designed it to be protest-free, making it the first awards show in a while where fashion might be the primary topic of conversation on the red carpet.

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Oscar-Nominated Short Film 'Revolting Rhymes' Adapts Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 15:35

Revolting Rhymes is a short film adaptation of the Roald Dahl book. Like the book, it turns popular nursery rhymes on their heads. Now the film has been nominated for an Oscar.

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Anna Deavere Smith Brings One-Woman Play 'Notes From The Field' To HBO

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 15:35

Anna Deavere Smith brings her one-woman play "Notes From the Field" to HBO. She tells NPR's Michel Martin about bringing the stories of mass incarceration and social justice to the stage.

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Oscars 2018: The List Of Winners So Far

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 12:01

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony starts Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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Chinese Classic 'Condor Heroes' Takes Wing In English

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 07:00

Jin Yong's wildly popular historical series Legends of the Condor Heroes has been adapted many times for Chinese TV, movies and comics, and now the first volume has been translated into English.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Genius Is 'Unmasked' In New Memoir

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 05:01

The famed composer of Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and many more tells his story in a new memoir.

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'Heroin(e)': The Women Fighting Addiction In Appalachia

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 05:01

An Oscar-nominated documentary short explores the country's opioid crisis through the heroism of women in Huntington, W.Va. — women like fire chief Jan Rader and drug court judge Patricia Keller.

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My Night Camping In An 18th Century Church In England

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 04:22

Many old churches in England have gone into disrepair after losing their congregations. Now an organization is raising money for upkeep by letting people camp — "champ" — overnight inside of them.

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Two Brits Achieve Artistic Balance In 'Valerie's Head'

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 04:00

Author David Gaffney and illustrator Dan Berry bring just the right amount of nuttiness to their new graphic novel, about a woman who keeps the memories of disappointing exes in a cellar in her mind.

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Oscar-Nominated 'Knife Skills' Showcases Ex-Cons And Odd Ducks In The Kitchen

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 07:00

The documentary chronicles the opening of Edwins, a fine-dining restaurant in Cleveland that provides education, housing and steady employment for former inmates.

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'A Place Of Darkness' Is An Illuminating History Of Horror

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 07:00

Kendall R. Phillips' new look at early American horror movies is academic, sure — but its central arguments make for great reading about how shifting cultural currents shape what scares us on screen.

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Would Your Dog Remember You After 10 Years?

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 05:09

Until recently, Carly Suierveld's dog Abby was lost for 10 years. She thinks the dog remembers her, though. "I'm going to choose that thought," Suierveld says.

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